Suboxone…Get off those Pills!
One of the biggest problems with methadone therapy (besides the fact that you can be using it for years) is that because methadone has such a high abuse potential, doctors can only prescribe it in very limited doses. What this means of course is that for the first months of your therapy you will be sitting in a methadone clinic almost emery day, and even afterwards, will spend an awful lot of your free time waiting for your next limited allotment of pills.
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is different. Firstly, the active ingredient in suboxone is buprenorphine, isn't as potent an opiate agonist as is methadone; which translated into English means that you just can’t get as high off of buprenorphine, and as such doctors are allowed to give you a lot more of it. To further reduce the risk of abuse, the manufacture has combined the buprenorphine in the medication with a dosage of nalexone.
Nalexone is an opiate antagonist, and if it's taken concurrently with any other opiate, you will go into an immediate and intensified period of withdrawal. You take suboxone sublingually (under the tongue) and through this administration, very little of the nalexone is ingested, so you have no problems with withdrawal. If you attempt to dissolve and inject the medication however, the nalexone is absorbed in full, and not only do you not get high, you go into immediate and agonizing withdrawal.
So because it's so safe, you can, after an initial period of close observation and dosage modification, get a month's supply of pills prescribed and purchasable at a pharmacy. No more waiting in a methadone clinic, and only a once a month trip to the drug store to keep withdrawal at bay.
Two Potential Problems
And because it's so easy to get and take, and because it really does work well to keep withdrawal away and let people get on with their lives, the treatment compliance rate is very high.
The biggest problem people are having at the moment is just finding a doctor licensed to prescribe the medication, as current legislation caps the number of patients each doctor can prescribe to, and there are simply not enough doctor's available to supply the need.
The second major problem is cost, and the high cost of suboxone means that many who may have destroyed their finances though opiate abuse and addiction are denied this very effective solution, for monetary reasons.
Suboxone Might Be Your Answer
If you are searching for an effective and painless way to end your addiction to opiate type pain pills or heroin, suboxone may be the solution you have been looking for. Remember though, that suboxone is not intended as a stand alone treatment, and for best effects, the best opportunity for a full recovery and an eventual cessation of suboxone use, you should undergo corresponding therapies on an in or outpatient basis.
Page last updated Aug 05, 2010